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Is the Nest router also a wifi access point?

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I have the kit with 2 access points but it is unclear to me if the router is also a wifi access point for the mesh. Any idea? Knowing this is helpful for positioning the equipment. Appreciate the help.




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If you bought a 2-pack Nest Wifi, one will be the router and the other a point. The router will connect to the modem and point after the router.

Just follow the instructions in the Home app and it will guide you through the process. Here are the instructions in text: Set up Nest Wifi Pro or Nest Wifi

Thank you. I have a 3 pack. I relocated and need to reposition them and wanting to understand if the router unit also serves as an access point for connectivity.

Whichever device is set up connected to the modem will act as the router and broadcast wifi. The others will connect as access points (or extensions) of the network as a mesh expanding the network coverage.

What is a mesh network?

Hey folks,

Thanks for lending a hand, @PatrickP_Viking.
@not-rick, I wanted to follow up and see if you are still in need of any help. Please let me know if you are still having any concerns or questions from here, as I would be happy to take a closer look and assist you further.


Yes, thanks. @PatrickP_Viking's comment "the modem will act as the router and broadcast wifi." is what I was seeking to know. Appreciate it!

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Hi not-rick,

I’m glad to hear that your question got answered already. I'll be locking this thread if we won't hear back from you in 24 hrs. Should that happen, feel free to create a new one if you have more questions or have other concerns in the future.